Vegetarian recipes and info

Vegetarian ChristmasWhatever is served at a traditional Christmas dinner, meat probably holds pride of place, and what good is that to us veggies? Here are some ideas to mix and match for a vegetarian Christmas menu.

Fall Recipes

Fall recipesNow that the weather has cooled down and the leaves are changing, it’s time to think about seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples, pumpkins, and eggplant. Here are some vegetarian recipes for fall.

How to Blanch Almonds

Blanched almondsBlanched almonds are just almonds with their skins removed. This may be done in order to get rid of their bitterness and/or because skinless almonds are considered prettier. There are two ways to blanch almonds and the end result for each is somewhat different.

Tofu Pastrami

Tofu pastramiSweet and tangy marinated tofu makes a fine fake pastrami. Serve it with quinoa or rice, or thinly slice for sandwiches.

Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is a versatile and quick-and-easy-to-cook grain much loved by vegetarians. It’s nutty and slightly crunchy and altogether delicious. Bonus: quinoa is very healthy: it contains calcium and is one of the few sources of complete protein in the plant world.

Chinese Seitan Salad

Chinese seitan saladA tangy dressing tossed with seitan and vegetables makes a delicious vegan alternative to Chinese chicken salad.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Mock parmesan cheeseThis is a terrific vegan parmesan “cheese” made from nutritional yeast and toasted sesame seeds.

Red Lentil Spinach Soup

Red lentil spinach soupCreamy, lemony red lentils enhanced with the slight chewiness of spinach.

Eggplant “Meat” Balls

Eggplant meatballsMost mock meatballs are made mostly of tofu or tempeh, but this unique recipe uses eggplant and walnuts to great effect. And before you serve them with something like catsup, try one plain – you’ll be amazed at the depth of flavor.

Mock Lamb Curry

Mock lamb curryThis “lamb” curry is made with seitan and is spicy and delicious.

Simple Tofu Cream Cheese

Tofu cream cheeseThis is a very simple recipe for vegan cream cheese made from everyday ingredients. I prefer a slightly more complicated but much tastier tofu-cashew cream cheese.

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